Postdoc Numerical Simulation on Reaction, Microstructure Volume Stability of Novel Cements for Carbon Capture Storage

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 28 Aug 2022

TU Delft is opening a 2.5 year post-doc position on numerical simulation of novel cement systems during carbon capture and storage (CCS). In this project, a reaction-transport model will be developed to simulate the reaction process and microstructure development of cement systems during CCS, based on kinetics and thermodynamics of chemical reactions. This model will be coupled to a mechanical model, and used to assess the net effect of self-enhancing (Ca2+-leaching) and self-healing mechanisms of cracks exposed to a flow of CO2. Within TU Delft, there will be a close collaboration between this postdoctoral researcher and a postdoctoral researcher working on the effect of thermal cycling on the cement-steel interface of wellbore cement, who will be stationed at the CEG-Geosciences.

This postdoctoral project is part of the newly formed consortium CEMENTEGRITY, with Norwegian, British and Dutch industry and academic partners. In the Netherlands, we will be part of the CO2 capture and storage network CATO (www.co2-cato.org/ ).  

  • PhD in Civil Engineering, or Materials Science and Engineering;
  • Experienced in numerical simulation of cement-based materials, having materials research backgroup on alkali activated materials will be a plus;
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken) and good communication skills;
  • Team worker, but independent thinking researcher;
  • Result oriented, creative thinking and systematic working.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct ). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact! 

The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology, and delta technology. Our research feeds into our educational programmes and covers societal challenges such as climate change, energy transition, resource depletion, urbanisation and the availability of clean water, conducted  in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to achieve our goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. G. Ye at G.Ye@tudelft.nl . If you would like more information about the application procedure, please contact recruitment-citg@tudelft.nl . 

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 28 August 2022 via the application button and upload your:

  • motivation letter specifically addressing our position
  • full curriculum vitae
  • publication list incl. a one-page summary of your PhD thesis,
  • two recommendation letters (or alternatively the names and email addresses of two references).

You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.


TU Delft is opening a 2.5 year post-doc position on numerical simulation of novel cement systems during carbon capture and storage (CCS). In this project, a reaction-transport model will be developed to simulate the reaction process and microstructure development of cement systems during CCS, based on kinetics and thermodynamics of chemical reactions. This model will be coupled to a mechanical model, and used to assess the net effect of self-enhancing (Ca2+-leaching) and self-healing mechanisms of cracks exposed to a flow of CO2. Within TU Delft, there will be a close collaboration between this postdoctoral researcher and a postdoctoral researcher working on the effect of thermal cycling on the cement-steel interface of wellbore cement, who will be stationed at the CEG-Geosciences.

This postdoctoral project is part of the newly formed consortium CEMENTEGRITY, with Norwegian, British and Dutch industry and academic partners. In the Netherlands, we will be part of the CO2 capture and storage network CATO (www.co2-cato.org/ ).  

  • PhD in Civil Engineering, or Materials Science and Engineering;
  • Experienced in numerical simulation of cement-based materials, having materials research backgroup on alkali activated materials will be a plus;
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken) and good communication skills;
  • Team worker, but independent thinking researcher;
  • Result oriented, creative thinking and systematic working.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct ). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact! 

The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology, and delta technology. Our research feeds into our educational programmes and covers societal challenges such as climate change, energy transition, resource depletion, urbanisation and the availability of clean water, conducted  in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to achieve our goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. G. Ye at G.Ye@tudelft.nl . If you would like more information about the application procedure, please contact recruitment-citg@tudelft.nl . 

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 28 August 2022 via the application button and upload your:

  • motivation letter specifically addressing our position
  • full curriculum vitae
  • publication list incl. a one-page summary of your PhD thesis,
  • two recommendation letters (or alternatively the names and email addresses of two references).

You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.


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